Published: Thu, November 16, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Leonid meteor shower to streak Northwest skies this weekend

Leonid meteor shower to streak Northwest skies this weekend

This meteor shower happens around this time every year as earth crosses the debris of the comet Tempel-Tuttle.

Leonid meteor shower, near Amman ReutersThe Leonid meteor shower can be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year - with thousands of shooting stars blazing across the sky.

The annual shower began November 5 and will end November 30, but the forecasting service says best viewing will be between midnight Friday and dawn Saturday morning. Likewise, this year also the Leonid Meteor will be lighting up the night skies with picturesque star shooting spectacle peaking this week.

The meteor shower begins Friday night, but viewers are told to expect no more than 10 meteors an hour around 3 a.m. on Saturday, the height of the shower according to NASA. So when you head out look east in order to get the best view.

You'll be able to see meteors on nights up to and beyond the 17th as well, as particles from the comet rain into our atmosphere.

Because meteors become visible when they reach about 30 degrees from their radiant point, the Leonid celestial shower will appear sky-wide instead of from the direction of Leo, said Allen. This means that the meteor shower will be seen very clearly as there won't be any lunar light, reports Gulf News.

Though the meteors have been intermittently swooping across the sky since early November, the greatest number will fall this weekend with an optimal rate of up to 20 an hour, said Allen.

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